Yesterday, my horoscope read: 'It's a funny thing about life: No matter how much you try to prepare, plan and push things in a certain direction, you never really know where you'll end up until you're there. This uncertainty could disorient a lesser person, but today, you're ready to embrace the fact that life is full of unexpected detours. You'll surely get somewhere today, but it probably won't be where you expected to land when you woke up this morning. The good news is that you'll be very happy regardless."
Now, I would be the first to tell you that I don't believe in horoscopes. When they seem accurate, it's because we have unconsciously made the predicted become reality. But with yesterday's events, I can say that I did not do that. We had been fussing here over two matters -- one was the unresolved health problem that cancelled our Alaska adventure, and the other was a major disruption scheduled for the coming week. Our community was planning to reseal all asphalt roads and driveways in a massive paving effort that would keep us effectively housebound for one to two days.
Immediately after I read my horoscope, an e-mail arrived, announcing that the paving job was being postponed indefinitely. Was it unexpected? Yes. Did it change where I expected to find myself? Yes. Was I happy? Definitely.
Even better, by noon, we had learned that the medical crisis was not as severe as previously thought, and that it would need no further action, except for twice a year monitoring, unless something new developed. So, unexpected, a change in where I would be, and joyful.
Got it right on all counts, oh Crystal Ball!
Therefore . . . this blog is once again going into vacation mode. There are still meetings to attend, speeches to give, books signings and interviews, and several banquets to enjoy. See you next month.